Most people don’t mind going to work… it’s the 8-hour wait to get home that drives us all crazy. This sounds like a joke, but there’s actually a serious truth behind the notion that work can feel like an endless loop of tension. Everyone needs to have some fun once in a while. After all, nobody’s wired to work 24/7 without some kind of relaxation. As with all other aspects of leadership, the morale of a team ultimately boils down to the tone that’s set by its leadership. There’s always a cloud of seriousness that hangs over management. Those in charge have to keep everyone else in-line. They have to prevent mistakes while keeping everybody focused. They have to make tough decisions that often invite the wrath of others. Because of these responsibilities it’s perfectly understandable for discipline to take priority in leadership. However laboring nonstop in a serious environmen! t isn’t just exhausting, it’s stressful. Strong leadership is about striking a balance. It’s about being able to command respect, while also fostering levity through relatability and humor. Here are four key steps to inject some humor into your leadership style:

1.       Start with a Smile:

Before you ever crack a joke, or attempt to connect with people on a personal level at all, smile with them. Smile as you greet them, smile as you interact with them, and smile out of sincerity not obligation. Smiling seems trivial, but it is unbelievably powerful. A simple smile conveys approachability in ways that hundreds of words can never accomplish.

2.       Be Mindful of Timing:

The only thing worse than a bad joke is a good joke told at the wrong time. Before you ever decide to use humor in your conversation, always analyze the context in which you’re about to communicate. Pay attention to your audience and the overall atmosphere. If your humor will obviously fall flat because no one is in the frame of mind to receive it, then don’t attempt to make people laugh. Humor should never be forced, it should feel organic to the moment.

3.       Be Respectful:

Even with the most innocent of intentions, humor can easily offend people. Regardless of how comfortable you may feel around your colleagues, never crack jokes that are controversial or distasteful in any way. The safest bet is to keep things light and make your humor family-friendly. There’s no need to risk souring relationships with coworkers when you all still need to function as a team.

4.       Create a Diversion:

Let’s face it, not everyone has the charm and charisma to make other people laugh. That doesn’t mean you don’t have any options to make an office humorous though. You can still improvise with activities or outings that create an opportunity to bond and joke. Friendly in-house competitions for instance can generate banter and inside-jokes that ease everyone’s stress. Just be sure to choose activities that are compatible with your organizational culture.

Humor is far from the most important characteristic a leader should have, but it’s still necessary. Humor reminds people that life’s too short. It reminds people to be human, not robotic. It reminds people that the work they do is just a part of life, not life itself. Don’t ever take the power of laughter for granted. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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There’s no denying it, politics has turned the world into a hostile place. It’s impossible to read the news without seeing stories about angry tweets, hateful confrontations, or tragic violence devastating innocent lives. Cruelty has gone viral, and it needs to be stopped. The question is, how? While it might be difficult to change the past, or convince mature adults to abandon their own prejudices, it’s never too late to change the future by teaching our children to be civil. In light of the fact that people are finding it easier to be unkind to one another, there has never been a more important time to go the extra mile in order to prevent kids from growing into toxic adults. Here are four tips to prevent your child from taking up bad habits influenced by negative politics:

1.        Be a Role Model:

No matter what age they are, children learn more from the example set by parents than any other source of behavioral conditioning. That means if you play any kind of an influential role over children, it all starts with you. Demonstrate the maturity and politeness you expect from children by talking the talk, and walking the walk.

2.       Be on the Lookout for Teaching Moments:

If your children are ever exposed to sad or controversial news, don’t let them observe it without having a composed discussion about said news. Use such moments to analyze the events of the day and teach them good ethics. Make sure they understand the difference between right and wrong through objective, level-headed dialogue.

3.       Be Charitable Together:

One of the easiest ways to erase anger and hatred is to sincerely offer help to someone else in need. Engaging in philanthropy inspires people to be compassionate and selfless. A good way to remind your family about kindness is to actively volunteer together in order to aide the less-fortunate. This is one of the most direct ways to motivate the human conscience.

4.       Don’t Saturate Your Home with Bad News:

Sometimes you just can’t control how other people feel, or what they do. While it’s important to stay informed about important happenings in society, remember to create a safe haven in your home from all the strife on display in the news. Instead of obsessing over the latest scandals, switch off the news every now and then and focus on your own family. Share frequent leisure time together as a way to erase the tension in the air.

Considering how unpredictable the news is today, it’s understandable if it feels like the sky could fall at any moment. Even worse, it feels like the sky could fall on the very kids we’re all supposed to protect. But in the words of Hellen Keller, “character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Don’t let difficult times fuel despair in your heart. Instead, use difficult times to forge integrity both in yourself, and the precious children you’re working so hard to raise. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RIS! E Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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Fashion Designer Kate Spade was recently found dead, tied to a doorknob by her throat with a suicide note in the room according to The New York Times. Kate Spade launched a successful business selling handbags, shoes, and fashion accessories in 1993. In 2006, she sold a majority share of her company to Neiman Marcus. Soon after, Liz Claiborne bought it then sold it to Coach last year for $2.4 billion.

This is profoundly sad to imagine that someone with so much wealth could have been troubled enough to end their life. Yet, do you realize how common this dilemma actually is? Research indicates that an average of 44,965 suicides happen per year, which translates to 123 per day. Suicide has claimed the lives of extraordinarily successful stars such as Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain, Don Cornelius, and Marilyn Monroe, just to name a few. How could so many presumably “successful” people get to a place in their lives where killing themselves seemed like the best solution they had?


The big question…

Why would someone with family, wealth, status, fame and success commit suicide?

How could a woman who has been married for over 20 years, has a 13-year old daughter, and who has built her business into a $200 million empire, kill herself through suffocation?

People, whether rich and famous, or unknown and poor, can find themselves at a crossroads where they struggle so much that they end up seeing suicide as a desirable escape. These are people who are dealing with strong anger, despair, deep guilt and shame. They feel totally hurt, afraid, misunderstood, alone and unloved. They are experiencing these things at such a high level within themselves that they can’t take it anymore.

Why suicide? The answer is Perspective.

When I say “Perspective”, I mean the orientation of one’s thoughts, ideas, affections, attention, focus, desire, faith, and heart. There is power in perspective, power that builds or destroys, brings darkness or brings light. The way we look at things will greatly impact how we experience them. If you constantly focus on your weaknesses, faults and failures, you will inevitably end up angry, hopeless, hurt and depressed.

I have counseled many people who were abused in the past, and because of that, they struggled in life and dealt with deep depression and self-esteem issues. Not so much because of the past injustice they suffered, but more because of how they dealt with it and are currently thinking about it. It’s a past that lasts. It’s well beyond pain being our present prison. For example; there are some who have been sexually abused by a loved one when they were children, and that event became their reason to be broken and never get their lives together. Yet there are others who have the same story, but are very driven and clear because they transformed their past abuse into emotional fuel for success. Why? Because it’s all about how you look at it, your perspective.

It doesn’t matter if everyone loved Robbin Williams and was amazed by all his accomplishments, what mattered is that Robin himself didn’t feel good enough. He didn’t feel like he did enough. It doesn’t matter if we think Kate Spade had it all, what really matter is what Kate thought, what was her perspective?

Changing Perspective to Change our Life

Do you find yourself grumbling and complaining often? Do you focus on the struggles in life more than the beauty and blessings? If so what does it produce in your life? Do you have your best ideas and actions when you are afraid and stressed? This is not the most effective emotional state to produce the results we want to see in our lives.

Realize that your emotions can be changed, though it’s not always easy. Your feelings are not your boss! You must change your perspective. Do something to disrupt the negativity and do it quickly. Is sadness rising up within you? Make yourself laugh, enjoy some comedy. Are you starting to eat something unhealthy? Put it down and choose a better alternative. Take control of your life. Are you bitter or angry with someone? Don’t allow anyone to destroy your peace. Forgive that person and move on for your own sake.

“I’m not negative, I’m realistic”

Stop giving yourself a right and reason to be depressed and alone. People are often concerned that by “acting” happy when they’re depressed, they’re being fake and lying to themselves and to others. Understand that those are feelings – not who you are. You DO NOT need to allow them to have control and run your life. Why compromise your peace and happiness when you can counteract negative emotions? You have the power and potential to do it. Don’t let feelings keep you from your destiny.

Fasting Challenge

Have you heard of fasting? No food for a period of time. That is what your challenge is, but instead it will be a three-day negativity fast. No grumbling, or complaining. No talking down to others for two days. Through this simple exercise you will realize how much negativity you have wasted your energy on. Instead of only avoiding bad thoughts, say and think that which builds or adds value to you and those around you.

Change comes from 3 constant decisions.

1. What you decide to focus on

2. What meaning you give to that which you are focusing on

3. What you are going to do about it

If you are dealing with suicidal thoughts please call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). If you are dealing with depression and hopelessness get counseling now. RISE Programs is here to help.

Richard Martinez

Transformational Expert

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Did you know that statistically speaking, people tell an average of two lies for every ten minutes of conversation they have? Assuming we’re awake for 15 hours, this can translate into an average total of 140 lies told every single day. The majority of lies we tell are trivial white lies. For example, people often blame tardiness on traffic as opposed to confessing the truth about why they’re late. Or we automatically utter the word “Delicious!” when asked the question “How’s the food?” Mixed into these routine innocent lies as well are deceitful boldfaced lies which people also tell in order to mislead. Whether harmless or malicious, lies are a significant component of human interaction because they influence the very stability of our different relationships.

Read Between the Lines:

Whether personal, or professional, the relationships people build with one another often collapse under the weight of dishonesty. Telling lies is an instinctive habit. Unfortunately it’s also a destructive one. This is because even though lies can be necessary to be polite, they still violate trust and make it difficult, if not impossible, to exercise good faith with a person. People who are lied-to feel betrayed. They feel taken advantage of and insulted depending on how deep a relationship has already been established with a liar. While it’s impossible to stop or prevent people from ever lying, it is possible to enhance one’s own emotional intelligence by being analytical of dishonesty. A little observation can help you identify lies as they’re being told, and consequently avoid being duped. Here are three tips on how to detect lies:

1. Be Alert:

The first frontier of lie-detection is making a decision to be attentive as people interact with you. Rather than taking messages at face value, evaluate them as they happen and take mental notes of any apparent signals of deceit. This isn’t something to perform only during conversation, it’s also valuable with written messages. Pay attention to what people say, and how they say it.

2. Read Bodily Cues:

Human beings are creatures of habit. The way we behave at rest, and the way we behave under situations of pressure, vary. The heightened anxiety of lying inevitably alters how people carry themselves as they communicate. For example:

·         Posture changes.

·         Stuttering happens.

·         Inexplicable coughing is triggered.

·         Pitch of voice heightens.

·         Movement becomes restless.

These are just a few of many physiological indicators that someone is lying. When you notice them, look for more.

3. Look for Inconsistent Information:

Writer and Poet Khalil Gibran once said that “A truth can walk naked … but a lie always needs to be dressed.” One of the surest ways to detect a lie is through logical contradiction or exaggeration of details. If a message seems farfetched, or if it contains too much information, that’s often a sign that the person sending it is bending the truth. If your instincts detect a loophole in what someone says, investigate it further.

Lie detection is not an exact science. There are many unpredictable factors that can interfere with the way people either convey or interpret messages. Instead of counting on an absolute set of rules to pinpoint specific signs of dishonesty, exercise your senses in a way that keeps you alert in the moment. Use your listening to understand rather than hear. Use your vision to scrutinize rather than see. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles! and start soaring in success.

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Losing a loved one to suicide is a devastating experience. Unlike mourning a loss which happens either by accident or natural causes, grieving after suicide triggers conflicting emotions which are painful to confront, and difficult to resolve. Suicide is often unexpected. It shocks every person left behind and fills them with questions of why? This absence of closure makes mourning in the wake of suicide unique. It’s not unusual for people who grieve after a loved one’s suicide to require a lot of time and reflection in order to find peace again. If you are personally grieving over a suicide, or you’re in a position to console someone coping with suicide, here are some words of advice to help survive the loss:

If you have lost a Loved One to Suicide:

1.       Allow your Emotions to Exist:

Grief after suicide unleashes a cocktail of varied emotions. Sorrow is typically expected for example, but people have also been known to feel shock, denial, confusion, guilt, anger, or even counterintuitive emotions like relief. Whether or not your emotions feel appropriate, understand that they are all part and parcel of the healing process. Rather than suppressing them, allow them to emerge, exist, and subside. Everything you feel is normal, so don’t be so hard on yourself about how you react to tragedy.

2.       Don’t Go it Alone:

There’s an age-old proverb which says – a problem shared is a problem halved. This is especially true when healing from the pain of bereavement. If there are people around you who genuinely care about your well-being, spend time with them and draw some support from their kindness. Even if your immediate circle may not be available to sympathize with your hardship, Mental Health professionals can provide therapy to help you deal with your challenges. It’s healthy to have positive interpersonal contact during grief.

3.       Don’t Let Yourself Go:

The anguish of mourning can be paralyzing, and many people sink into depression after losing a loved one. No matter how heartbroken you feel, keep hope alive that time will heal your sadness. Remember to take care of yourself and do the little things. Get some rest, eat some food, keep your surroundings clean and allow your daily routine to continue, even if it’s on a basic level. The more your life slows down to a standstill, the longer it takes to get past the sadness.

If you want to Offer Support to Someone Grieving Over Suicide:

1.       Allow their Emotions to Exist:

Always keep in mind that people who process the trauma of suicide experience a wide range of emotions. The last thing they need is to feel is criticism or judgement. Offer your support in a way that accepts and respects their complex emotional state. Also remember that they deserve to grieve at their own pace, so however long it takes, tailor your support for them in a way that validates their emotions.

2.       Use the Deceased’s Actual Name in Conversation:

Because suicide is controversial and stigmatized, people unwittingly practice a peculiar habit when expressing sympathies after a suicide. Mourners who console survivors bereaved by suicide tend to avoid saying the deceased person’s name out of impulse. This is usually a reflex meant to avoid calling attention to the fact that a suicide happened, but it has the unintended consequence of banishing the suicide victim’s identity altogether. It can feel as if everyone is in denial that a loss has happened. There’s no need to walk on eggshells about saying the deceased’s name. Simply say it if, and when, the occasion calls for it.

3.       Don’t Spread Gossip:

Human beings are social creatures, and one of the easiest things to do in the aftermath of a suicide is gossip and speculate about what led to the tragedy. However, remember to be considerate about what you say, and who you say it to. Be especially careful not to post anything in bad taste on social media. Always allow the bereaved to have privacy, and dignity, as they deal with the loss of a loved one.

It takes a lot of time to recover from the pain of mourning, but it is possible to recover. No matter how dark or difficult things feel in the present, tomorrow is a new day. Have faith that you will get through the pain of this moment. If you are dealing with suicidal thoughts, you are not alone. Please call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) and a professional will be on-hand to guide you through some counseling. RISE Programs is here to help.

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Do you ever find yourself going to bed early, but still waking up exhausted? Do your days and weeks feel like an endless monotonous cycle? When you reflect on how you spend time, do you ever feel like a hamster in a wheel, bustling 24/7 but getting nowhere? There are many of reasons why people experience such fatigue and frustration. One of the most underestimated reasons however is a lack of vision in life. Because we all get stuck chasing urgent deadlines and schedules, a lot of people end up living more for the moment than for the sake of a greater goal or purpose. Not only is this a tedious way to live, it’s also unhealthy.

Yes, it is important to seize the day. However it’s even more important to understand why you’re seizing the day in the first place. Every person should have a grand vision in life that is informed by clearly defined long-term goals. Understanding your greater purpose is necessary for both overall motivation, and emotional well-being. It sounds unlikely, but having a mindset that is conscious of an ultimate purpose prevents people from obsessing over inconsequential problems. If setting long-term goals sounds like a daunting task, it shouldn’t because all it takes is some honest soul searching. Here are four things to consider when setting long-term goals:

1.       Make them Ambitious:

Small goals can only translate into small victories. If you’re going to invest time and resources into doing something, makes sure it’s a challenge. Make your ideas enticing and creative. Make them bold and impressive. The more ambitious your goals, the more satisfaction gained from fulfilling them.

2.       Make them Measurable:

Goals are not hypothetical concepts, they are actual ideas. They’re a definitive expression of a person’s intent. If at all you expect to follow-through on a goal therefore, you have to ensure you evaluate both the opportunity and resources at your disposal to pursue it.

·         Take stock of every tangible item you need to pursue your goals.

·         Outline every task necessary to accomplish your goals.

·         Schedule how, and when, to implement each step that is necessary to accomplish your long-term goals.

3.       Make them Conceivable:

There’s nothing wrong with having big dreams, but if your dreams are unfathomable, then there’s no possibility of ever turning them into reality. Long-term goals should always be informed by a dose of practicality. There’s a very thin line between testing yourself with hard work, and overwhelming yourself with impossible expectations. Learn to tell the difference between wishing you could set foot on the moon, and wishing you could set foot on the sun.

4.       Make them Your Own:

If you ever develop a long-term goal for yourself, make sure that people-pleasing plays no part in your aspirations. An individual will only ever give their best effort towards plans developed from their own initiative. The more challenging the goal in fact, the easier it is to abandon unless it’s something you want for yourself.

You owe it to yourself to have something to take pride in at the conclusion of life’s journey. Don’t allow an avalanche of short-term goals to eclipse what precious time you have to achieve meaningful success. There’s no telling what you could accomplish if you dare to push the limits of your abilities. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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A Tale of Two Workers:

Once upon a time, there were two completely average blue-collar factory workers. Both of them had the exact same job on an assembly line, in the exact same factory. They both labored for eight hours a day, to fulfill the exact same quota set by a demanding foreman. They even experienced the same amount of responsibility in their respective personal lives. They both had an identical mortgage, an identical car note, and were each married in a home with two kids and a pet dog. There was only one thing which distinguished these two workers from each other. While neither of them had any trouble making ends meet, and they had no risk of ever descending into poverty, one of them was paid a minimum wage, while the other was paid billions to do the exact same job.

Every time the minimum wage worker got home from a hard day’s work, their spouse would welcome them home with a common question, “How was your day?” The response would almost always be outrage: “It was terrible! Exhausting! You wouldn’t believe how much work I have to do just to keep this roof over our heads!” On the other hand, the billionaire worker would face a similar welcome every time they got home. “How was your day?” their spouse would ask. The response would almost always be gracious: “Pretty good actually… had a few stressful moments, but nothing I can’t handle. It’s almost as if the hours were just floating by.” Imagine that. These two people led identical lives, and endured identical stress, yet they each had a polar opposite sense of personal fulfillment. How could this be?

Here’s the Breakdown:

You might be tempted to argue that money is what made the billionaire worker happier. But that’s a superficial answer to the question. Sure, money is important, but money is nothing more than shreds of paper or numbers on a screen. People can’t physically eat money to survive. Nor does it serve any purpose until it’s actually exchanged for something in return. In the story of these two workers, and in the story of all humanity, money is only a vehicle. It is a vehicle to the one ingredient that truly determines how balanced and fulfilled people are in life – and that ingredient is called perspective.

Perspective, simply defined as what we choose to focus on, has the power to influence every facet of our existence. It guides our decisions, it molds our thoughts, and it colors our imagination. If your perspective only allows you to see the negative, it’s impossible to ever feel anything other than frustration and despair. Conversely, if your perspective allows you to be optimistic and ambitious, life can become a thrilling challenge as opposed to a dreadful chore. The wonderful thing about perspective is that you have the power to shape it, no matter what your circumstances are. It takes initiative. It takes strategy. But if you allow yourself to become enlightened about your own potential, no difficulties you encounter will ever imprison your mind with fear.

If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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Happily ever after. There’s a good chance that heartwarming daydreams of love and marriage start swirling in your mind at the mere mention of these three words. As cliché as the phrase sounds, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with chasing happily ever after in your relationships. After all, what would be the point of falling in love without the promise of enduring happiness with a partner you adore? We all have a right to be happy in life. Everyone deserves to experience personal fulfillment from each of their relationships. This is why it’s important to understand and avoid the many pitfalls which often distort simple love into a complicated grey-area. Here are four simple tips to help achieve a mutual sense of happiness in your romantic relationships:

1. Be Fair:

The way you treat your partner has a direct impact on their opinion of you, and their opinion of your future together. It’s important to be fair about your expectations in order to maintain a sense of balance and mutual respect for one another. Don’t demand so much from your partner that it becomes unrealistic or impossible for them to ever make you happy. In the same vein, don’t break your back trying to meet expectations that overwhelm you.

2. Be Loyal:

Commitment has become a four-letter word in modern relationships. No one wants to put a label on anything, and everyone wants a Plan B in case things go south. Ironically, the more you keep your options open, the more you dilute the possibility of forming a strong bond with someone you’re attracted to. It can feel scary, and it can be intimidating, but commitment is the only way for a couple to break past the superficial stage of a relationship and develop a passionate connection.

3. Be Open:

Communication is as essential to relationships, as water is to life. A lack of communication starves the intimacy between a couple and makes it harder for partners to understand one another. This is perilous because the more distance there is between two romantic partners, the easier it is for either partner to rationalize stepping outside of the relationship to seek emotional fulfillment. When communication between two people is sincere and frequent, it becomes easier to detect and resolve problems that shouldn’t be allowed to fester.

4. Be Supportive:

Life is all about reciprocity, and relationships in particular are all about give and take. While it is reasonable to expect a romantic partner to cater to some of your social and emotional needs, ignoring your own obligation to be courteous and cater to them will trigger resentment. Being unselfish is a strong way to show your partner how much you value them. When a couple is supportive of one another they become an unstoppable team.

Love isn’t a spectator-sport. It’s an investment. It’s an investment in your health, in your happiness and in your future. In this sense, a healthy relationship can only thrive when each partner becomes proactive about keeping the spark alive. Remember that the goal of any relationship is to grow together. The goal is to become closer and closer as time inevitably goes by. If you do one thing every day to be fair, to be loyal, to communicate or to be supportive of your partner, nothing will ever stand in the way of the happily ever after you deserve as a couple.


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“I don’t have enough time, I need to hurry!” has become a common mantra for us in the US. Yes for a goals-driven person, time is money and getting things done in a speedy fashion is important. But what is also important and very productive is slowing down. What? Slowing down is productive? Yes! It’s very productive for all you high achievers out there, and here are 10 ways and reasons why.

·  Prioritize

By focusing on the most important tasks to get done, we eliminate the hustle and stress of trying to accomplish everything at once.   

·  Cut Internet Time

I understand these days much of what makes us productive is technology but enjoying other things produces an energy in us that makes us more clear, grateful and productive. Try to use half your designated Internet time to explore new hobbies, build relationships, exercise or meditate.

·  Enjoy the beauty, enjoy nature.

When time permits – take a 5 to 10 minute break to step outside and breath-in some fresh air. Disconnect from the rest of the world and concentrate on the beauty of nature. Behold the beauty around you because it provides an energy you can use to be more productive.

·  Eat Slower.

A lot of us tend to speed through meals just to save time and get other things done. When doing this we not only miss the chance to appreciate different textures and flavors in what we are eating, but we also overwhelm our digestive system till it diverts energy from the head, arms and legs, and uses it to help digest all the food you just stuffed down your throat.

·  Make sure to Make time to Connect with family and friends.

We all try to make a considerable amount of time to spend with close friends and family. But make sure not just to hastily contact, but rather Connect on a deeper level. This creates a positive energy for you and your productivity.

·  Set time apart for yourself.

When’s the last time you spent valuable time by yourself? Take a night to find a new book, watch a favorite movie, try yoga, meditate or cook a new recipe. High-achievers often feel like this is a waste of time but it’s not. It actually allows you to separate yourself from stress which burns good energy and connects you to all the things you enjoy which create good energy.

·  Give yourself more time.

Some of us like to stick to a tight schedule and plan all our daily events. Factor in a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. This will help you avoid rushing through daily tasks.

·  Take the scenic route.

Check out the scenic routes before your next trip! Yes, it might take a little more time but the change in route and different scenery produces a healthy energy for you.

·  Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer.

Even just a few moments of meditation can set the tone for the rest of your day. This brief practice can produce great results for your whole day. It releases tension and sets intention.

·  Remember your goals and aspirations.

Each morning when you wake up, take a few moments to think about your life goals and aspirations. Try to recall the milestones you’ve already made in life, and your drive to achieve new ones. This produces the powerful emotion and energy called GRATITUDE.

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In a perfect world, money would grow on trees. Companies would never face competition and profits would rise infinitely. Clients would never be in default and employees would perform with perfect efficiency. Technology would never fail, nor would recessions grind industry down to a halt. Unfortunately – we live in the real world. Where leaders simply can’t escape these, and the many other challenges that are routine to business. This is why problem-solving is one of the most essential abilities necessary for strong leadership. It is impossible for any organization to thrive if its leadership is inept at resolving problems on a consistent basis. Here a five principles essential to successful problem-solving:

1. Listening:

Ignorance is the single most substantial impediment to problem-solving. Problems inherently pose questions. They present conflicts that can only be resolved through investigation and application of practical knowledge. As such, listening is integral to problem-solving because it is the primary way to learn about the nature of a problem and how to address it. Be alert, be aware, and be observant. The more you listen to the stakeholders in a given problem the more you realize exactly how to approach its challenges.

2. Communication:

If knowledge is necessary to understand a problem, then exchanging knowledge is fundamental to solve said problem. Strong communication is thus a skill that contributes invaluably to problem-solving in that it enables a leader to foster interaction that neutralizes undesirable conditions. The only way to overcome a contentious situation with others is through dialogue. Exchanging perspectives in both a unifying and constructive way eliminates conflict and generates ideas to tackle prevailing issues.

3. Open Mindedness:

One of the most unfortunate instincts that people display when confronted by problems is defensiveness. The possibility of having to admit fault embarrasses some to the point of stubbornness that actually makes the situation worse. This is why no matter what the issue may be, having an open mind can mean the difference between success and failure. A lack of innovation and adaptability makes it difficult to react to changing or sensitive circumstances in a positive way.

4. Strategy:

All the information in the world is meaningless if it cannot be leveraged effectively. Leaders aren’t just expected to be all-knowing, they also need to be capable of discerning how to capitalize on knowledge in a tactical way. Problem-solving in itself denotes analyzing, planning and executing concepts that eliminate a set of difficult circumstances. Leaders should not only appreciate the short term implications of a given problem, they should also possess enough foresight to prepare for the long-term, especially when most are compelled to only regard the present.

5. Cooperation:

Some problems simply cannot be fixed unilaterally regardless of how capable a person may be as a leader. The more complex a problem is, the likelier it is that resolution can only be achieved with help from qualified partners. A strong ability to build relationships with others, whether friend or foe, is therefore indispensable when it comes to dealing with demanding problems.

At the very least, ignoring the importance of problem-solving skills as a leader is unwise. Whether you like it or not, the fact that problems happen to everyone, in every context imaginable, means that the more prepared you are to contend with problems, the more you will end up ensuring your own survival and the survival of those who depend on you. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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